The Falklands welcomed a total of 40,542 passengers to its shores in the recent season (October 2010 – April 2011). An increase of 6% is expected for the 2011/12 season, taking totals to 43,000 arrivals, dovetailing the industry wide upward trend of this sector (a record 1.7 million holidaymakers are forecast to sail in 2011 – source: Passenger Shipping Association).
Five new ships will make their maiden visits to the Falklands in the upcoming season:- the luxurious Seabourn Sojourn (450 passengers), Island Sky (118 passengers), MS Artania (1,200 passengers), Adonia (710 passengers) and mega yacht L’Austral (264 passengers).
In total 30 vessels are scheduled to visit the Falklands in the season ahead.
A perfect add on to South America or Antarctic itineraries, cruising is an ideal way to discover the Falklands archipelago made up of over 700 islands, allowing passengers to visit many sites that remain largely inaccessible to land-based tourists.
For further information on the Falklands Islands please visit www.falklandislands.com. or The Cruise Line